Bite splints and occlusal guards are protective devices made to extend the overall function of your smile. Since time, stress and habits can lead to worn enamel, an occlusal splint minimises unnecessary abrasion to your teeth. When worn regularly, they can physically prevent the extra strain on your smile, thus preserving the more youthful, full appearance of healthy teeth.
Side Effects of Tooth Wear
Tooth enamel is extremely dense. It’s the hardest substance in the entire human body and even harder than the healthiest of bones. However, tooth-on-tooth wear can cause accelerated enamel loss.
In time, all of that wear and tear can lead to
Even if we repair broken, worn-out teeth with a durable porcelain crown or filling, nothing is quite as strong as tooth enamel. In other words, we want to help you preserve your natural tooth structure as long as possible. That’s exactly what an occlusal splint does!
Bruxism (Clenching and Grinding)
Chronic teeth clenching and grinding is known as ‘bruxism’. Typically most people who brux their teeth do it at times of heightened stress (like at work, during your commute home or due to personal concerns) or while they’re sleeping.
If you’re aware that you have bruxism and you’re doing it most throughout the day, it may be possible to consciously break the habit. Unfortunately, most of us clench and grind our teeth subconsciously without ever thinking about it. In that case, an occlusal splint can be beneficial.
Do you have a headache when you wake up in the morning? Are your teeth or jaw sore? Do you notice your teeth clenched tightly together during the day instead of relaxing slightly apart? Are any of your teeth flat or chipped? If so, then you’re probably suffering from bruxism.
Teeth grinding can be caused by a stressful lifestyle or medical conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea. More often than not, we have no control over the factors that cause us stress or alter our sleep quality. Instead, we must take steps to prevent physical strain and trauma that occurs as a side effect.
Stock mouthguards are one-size-fits-some, meaning that they typically fit more loosely and are not as comfortable. Unfortunately, the more generic fit means that they’re more likely to fall out or get taken out purposely. When you wear a custom appliance it will be easier to sleep or work out without it getting in the way.
A Smart Way To Protect Your Smile
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